It’s not that there is anything wrong with Oakville. There isn’t. At least in my opinion there isn’t. I grew up there. I made lots of friends there. I have great memories there. I have family and friends still there.
I am, however, not qualified to sell real estate there. It is legal for me to do so, because I am licenced for all of Ontario. I don’t think it is ethical though.
My message, as the current President of the Lakelands Association of Realtors is to use a local agent. It is definitely in the best interests of the buyers and sellers. A Muskoka agent knows Muskoka. A Muskoka agent will make the process look easy, but be working hard in the background to make sure that all of the details are taken care of. Aspects that an agent from out of the area would not be aware of.
Does the land flood every spring? Water in the basement? Is the shore road allowance owned? Can the owner legally access the property. How about water quality? And weeds. Are there weeds? A few or a lot. Is the bottom firm and sandy, rocky or squishy? Fishing, boating. Can one navigate from this lake to another.
Help us to help you and please, choose a local realtor.
I hope that you are all doing well, and coping with self isolation. These are certainly trying times for all of us. We are are all in the same situation with different circumstances. Some of us are coping well and some of us are finding self isolation very challenging, and most of us are somewhere in the middle, with good days and bad days, good hours and challenging hours.
I am continuing my theme of kindness for April. I say that kindness is the new black, and everyone needs to choose to wear it. Kindness applied to yourself first, will contribute to your strength and resolve. Self care will spill over onto others, and afford you the ability to help those around you.
Start with the outward display of kindness – taking good care of yourself. A routine is recommended by experts and will give you some structure to your day. Some days you will just be in survival mode, some days you will actually feel like you are accomplishing something.
Reach out to your friends and clients. Share your positive energy. And when you need some positive energy, reach out! A phone call checking in on clients and expecting nothing in return will help them and make you feel good. Do all the good deeds you can, from the safety of your own home.
Life is definitely not normal now, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot be grateful for the good things that we do have, and reach out when we need help. Please call me if there is anything I can do for you. We are all in this together.
Catharine Inniss 705 801 2304
Lakelands Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors, President 2020
At a time like this, in Muskoka and around the world, a time unprecedented in modern human history, it is good to be reminded that we are not alone. We are all in this together.
We are all part of the human family and this COVID 19 is a world wide epidemic.
A doctor in Manhattan tells us that the sky is falling. Yes, it must seem so in New York. So far, here, we have been very fortunate. The sky is not falling here. Yet.
Your diligence in following protocol, is necessary. It is necessary to keep people alive. We are in an actual life and death situation, which needs to be taken seriously. We must model appropriate behaviour for others, and take leadership roles in our communities.
The province of Ontario has deemed Real Estate an essential service. You should expect that your REALTOR will be there for you, online. They will help you in person only under very carefully managed circumstances. So much can be done virtually now. If this had to happen, at least we have those resources.
Real estate services are important to the economy. And to people who have to buy or sell for health reasons, job reasons, family issues. =Learning to practice real estate while keeping safe, is going to take some creative thinking and some willingness to ’step out of the box’, while staying home.
We are being advised not to leave our homes unless it is absolutely necessary and then to take appropriate precautions.
Current events are going to tell us about who we are. We are about to find out where we are strong and where we need to improve, as citizens and as professionals.
Start with being kind. Kind to yourself, and kind to others. That shows strength of character and is more difficult in stressful times. And more necessary than ever! We are all in the same fallible, human family.
Thinking positively, being grateful for what you have and being kind opens, you to creative solutions. We need to learn how to move forward in the best way possible, and now is the time! This is a good time to learn all the skills that you have been meaning to, online.
Take your mind off yourself. Reach out and call your relatives, friends and clients, just to bring some cheer to their day. You never know whose life you are going to profoundly impact. Make it positive.
Catharine Inniss The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® President, 2020
Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty’s Port Carling and Bala Offices Rebrand as Luxury Brokerage, Johnston & Daniel
Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty is excited to announce that as of December 6th, 2017, our Port Carling and Bala offices are rebranding as the newest offices of established luxury real estate brand, Johnston & Daniel.
Meeting the growing demand for luxury real estate in Muskoka
With the significant increase in demand for luxury real estate services in the region, Johnston & Daniel is the perfect offering for Muskoka’s real estate market. As a division of Royal LePage, Johnston & Daniel offers the service of a luxury boutique brokerage backed by the scale, synergy and credentials of Canada’s largest and oldest real estate company.
Clients will have access to an intuitive and custom-tailored experience and will benefit from a robust and collaborative real estate network, a hallmark of Johnston & Daniel’s culture.
Active clients can rest assured that we have taken great measures to plan and prepare for a seamless transition while remaining focused on their needs. Outside of re-signing documents under the new brand, current clients will not be affected.
We look forward to this exciting new chapter and the opportunity to serve Muskoka’s growing luxury real estate market proudly under the prestigious Johnston & Daniel brand.
About Johnston & Daniel
Since 1950, Johnston & Daniel has been representing the distinctive properties in Southern Ontario’s most affluent neighbourhoods. Offering caring, intuitive service and building long-term relationships, Johnston & Daniel is the standard of excellence in real estate.
Cottage for sale on Gull Lake, Gravenhurst.
Dreaming of escaping from the office to your Muskoka Retreat? Not interested in a long drive from the city or hiking through the bush, but do want an upscale Muskoka experience? This cottage is so perfectly positioned for fun and games.
Gull Lake is beautiful, with rock outcroppings and classic Muskoka pine and style. It joins Silver Lake, so you have many miles of pristine boating to enjoy. See this link for more on Gull/Silver Lakes.
The view from the cottage is spectacular and the trip to the dock is a cinch. The cottage is in town. That means high speed internet (hard to get in remote areas), walking to dinner, enjoying Music on the Barge on Sunday nights, boating (or walking) for groceries and ice cream. This cottage is not for those seeking a wilderness experience. It is for upscale urban couples, with or without children who crave an easy breezy getaway.
“Pristine lakes. Towering forests. Crystal clean air. And a vitality that sweeps through the trees and makes its way into your soul.
Welcome to Muskoka Bay Club, a four season community with an abundance of recreational and social activities just outside your door. The crowning glory is the incredible 17,000 square foot Clifftop Clubhouse. The definitive recreational and social centre – a place to play and relax.
Experience exquisite dining, full-service fitness, a stylish spa retreat, infinity pool, kid’s pool, tennis courts, pro shop and bistro. If you’d prefer more privacy, you can retreat to your beautifully-designed residence.
The Villas offer up to 2,200 square feet, nestled within the breathtaking terrain of the Doug Carrick designed 18-hole championship Muskoka golf course. Four season homes offer up to 3,300 square feet, set on deep wooded lots. The amenities you’ve imagined. The peace you’ve dreamed about, all just 90 minutes north of Toronto in Gravenhurst. Your life, at its best.” (Courtesy Muskoka Bay Club)
Muskoka golf at its finest – and its most convenient; living right on the 12th fairway.
Listed for sale is the jewel of the Muskoka Bay Club Villas. Stunning villa and property; great entertaining, gorgeous views down and across the 12th fairway including a large pond and world-class Muskoka golf. Total privacy and those great views from the second floor balcony and hot tub. Beautifully appointed three bedroom, four bathroom villa, with many inclusions. Gorgeous landscaping, quintessential Muskoka lifestyle in a clubhouse environment overlooking the award winning, Carrick designed Muskoka golf course. Fully finished lower level. Perfect for a couple or family.
For more information follow this link. For a private tour, please use the contact form to the left. We would be delighted to show you this gem.
UPPER SEVERN (near Sparrow Lake). Finally an affordable cottage in Muskoka for sale in fantastic condition, on a great waterway, waiting for you to start your family memories! Excellent swimming, boating, fishing and campfires reside here. Great views of the water from the kitchen, the dining room and the living room. Extensive, multi level decking invites you outside to enjoy the fresh breezes off the water and to take in a little `me` time in the sun. If you listen you can hear the squeals of delight as your children catch their first fish.
The main cottage offers two bedrooms and the Bunkie is a bedroom on its own. The large Muskoka Room provides another place for gathering, games and puzzles, rain or shine. The waterfront is level and sandy and the dock is solid and provides plenty of room for a boat or two. Child friendly area, so your family can expect to make life long cottage friends. Close to both Gravenhurst and Orillia, this lakeside retreat is an easy drive from the Golden Horseshoe.
Breathtaking vistas across Lake Muskoka. Amenities galore, including infinity pool, restaurant and bar.
This three bedroom luxury fractional property is just waiting for you to arrive. Everything is taken care of, so you can relax and take in all that Muskoka has to offer, including enjoying the two sided fireplace from living room to Muskoka room.
A1/A2 fractions offer prime first two weeks in July and another summer week in August in addition to ten other weeks throughout the year. Use all thirteen weeks, or put some into the rental pool. Or purchase 1/8 alone. Prime holidays rotate between the owners. Full fixed schedule available upon request.
Condo fees include housekeeping, cleaning, maintenance.
Every once in a while there is a very special place that speaks to that special cottager who loves Muskoka history. This place was built in the thirties, in Muskoka Beach Village and although it has been very well preserved, it still has all the original features that made cottaging so appealing in the past century.
The cottage is white clapboard, with an oversized Muskoka Room, for starters. You can see the water through the trees, while sitting on the porch. The walls are fir lined, and the rooms are spacious. The original stone fireplace is so appealing, and there are pristine oil lamps attached to the walls.
The bathroom is bright and gleaming and the kitchen is large. If you listen carefully, you can hear the rabble of meal making, and the laughter of a bygone era.
The carefree days of enjoying Olde Muskoka don’t have to be over. Purchase this property today. It stands steadfast on a double lot with municipal water and the potential for municipal sewage. It is currently three season, but would make a great place to live year ’round with some renovations.
The beach is a few steps away. This cottage is not directly on the waterfront (but not across a road) , and therefore the taxes are low.
The deeded access is fewer than a dozen steps to a wide sand beach, lovely swimming and some of the best views Lake Muskoka has to offer. And you thought that Lake Muskoka was just out of your reach. Asking a mere $360,500.00
Muskoka Cottage for sale.
Poised between the road to Port Carling and Brandy Creek, this beautiful Cape Cod cottage offers year `round sanctuary for your family as well as natural Muskoka wildlife. A kayaker’s, canoeist’s dream; paddle into Brandy Lake from your 630 ft shoreline…